A few thoughts on Facebook

I’ve found that people either love Facebook or hate Facebook. A?couple of blogs I follow this week talked about the many people who had deactivated their Facebook accounts because … well, to put it bluntly, the social media site can be a bit boring.

Though there are an estimated 700 million users, I know many people who’ve dropped off the Facebook map. They joined to reconnect with high school chums or to post photos of their children so faraway relatives can have a peek. It’s a great way to connect with family and friends. And when it’s your birthday, expect to receive more good wishes that you ever imagined possible with snail mail. Those are the nice things about Facebook.

Facebook is a great place to find common ground with like-minded people. But on the downside, having a Facebook account will likely mean that you are exposed to positions that are radically different from your own on politics, religion and child rearing, depending upon what your friend’s friends post. You might also see a lot of drama coming from people who choose to post messages about things that one should never ever talk about in public. TMI – too much information. KITY – Keep it to yourself, please.

I get tired of the “Please post this cause or that cause to your status for an hour to show your support”?messages. If I want to support something, I will do it without prompting or intimidation, thank you very much.

I have a couple friends from high school who feel compelled to share just about everything they see others post. Now, I like cute kitten and puppy videos as much as the next person, but we don’t have to share every single one. Of course, when it comes to laughing baby videos, those never get old – unless everyone on your friends list shares them all with you.

There is, of course, an exceptions to my feelings on these shared posts. I greatly appreciate the many shares of actor George Takei. You probably remember him as Sulu from the original Star Trek program. He has a strong fan base on Facebook and those fans keep him supplied with some of the wittiest postings I’ve ever seen.

My husband Larry, ever the punster, likes his posts because of the clever plays on words. For example, yesterday he shared a photo of a frog sitting on a rock. The text with the photo said, “Decent movie, though it wasn’t ribbeting.” Roger Ebert probably would have given that a thumbs down. But, still clever and funny.

I try to think about who might be seeing my posts if they get shared by my friends. I try not post anything insensitive or politically charged.?There’s enough of that out there so I don’t feel like I?need to add to that insanity. I’m content to keep in touch with family and friends, even it means being a little boring.